Study Abroad Program

 West Indies Study Abroad Program: Trinidad & Tobago

Maymester 2016
(May 9- June 3)

Program Description:

The West Indies Study Abroad Program offers a 3-week overseas academic adventure on the exotic tropical islands of Trinidad & Tobago.  The program provides an opportunity for students to increase their cross-cultural awareness, understanding and appreciation for the way of life in the Caribbean.  Students study crime and justice from an international, comparative perspective and examine public policy issues related to crime and violence, particularly in developing nations.  The Maymester includes course work in criminal justice and criminology, guest lectures from local experts, tours of local criminal justice agencies, service learning projects in the community, and excursions to cultural and historical sites.  Classes are held in the mornings, and afternoons/weekends are reserved for exploring the islands.  While abroad, students immerse themselves in the Caribbean culture, rich history, breathtaking landscape, and tasty cuisine.


The program is open to undergraduate, graduate, and transient students who are in good standing.  Students from other institutions may apply with consent of their academic advisor and department chair.  Non-criminal justice majors and post-baccalaureate alumni students are welcome to apply.  Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Application Information:

Students interested in applying should click here and choose “Apply Now” to access the application.
The Application Deadline: January 29, 2016

Transient/Visiting Students: Please see Transient Student page at  Also, please follow the instructions on the Transient/ Visiting Student Procedures for Studying Abroad.

International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

Tentative Itinerary

An overview of the program is provided below. The Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

May 9-12         Week #1 of Courses and Pre-Departure Orientations

May 13             Depart Atlanta; Arrive in Trinidad

May 16             Welcome Orientation and UWI Campus Tour

May 16-22       Week #2 of Courses and Trinidad Excursions

May 23-30       Week #3 of Courses and Tobago Excursion

May 31              Student Presentations

June 1               Farewell Briefing

June 2              Return to Atlanta

June 3              Final Exams @ GSU